Help this dummy understand print servers

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I have a Konica Minolta Pagepro 1350W laser printer that is not usable
on my small LAN which consists of two machines each with XP PRO SP2,
router'ed together via a D-Link router.  It will only print from the
machine to which it is hard-wired (USB).  So, I need an external print
server to make it available at will to the both machines.  My router
has spare CAT5 ports, but no USB.

How would a print server connect into my LAN?  I can understand how a
print server would connect to my printer via USB, but then what do I
connect the server to in order to link it into my LAN?  I have googled
seeking an answer to this, but I don't see it.

This may seem like a dumb question, and maybe it is - but I seek an
answer.  And, for that matter, what brand server would fit my needs
best and cheapest?  In someone's opinion anyway.



Re: Help this dummy understand print servers

gecko wrote:
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Printer -> print server -> hub/switch. The latter item might be included
in the router or might be separate. Each computer on the LAN is then
"educated" about the presence of the network printer and they all live
happily ever after. This assumes a single-function printer which does
not include multi-function printer/copier/scanner/fax/answering machine
type devices which are almost never fully usable on a LAN.

Sometimes the easiest way to add LAN functionality to a printer is to
obtain the manufacturer's adapter but not every maker or model has
provided for them so there are "universal" print servers available from
every LAN equipment maker.

John McGaw
[Knoxville, TN, USA]

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